In 1981, the BBC and PBS produced a televised interview with American physicist and Nobel laureate Dr. Richard Feynman. Titled "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out," after a collection of works by Feynman, the program aired his thoughts on topics ranging from learning to doubt to the atomic bomb to beauty.
An excerpt reads: "I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower ... I mean, it’s not just beauty at this dimension, one centimeter. There’s also beauty in smaller dimensions ... science, knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and awe of a flower."
Seeds, flowers, grasses, insects — these small things hold the scale of details in our world. But observing details is a way of accessing a sense of wonder about the world. When our scale of attention goes from the din of grandeur to the whisper of a humble stem of grass, we hear secrets. We have the pleasure of finding things out.
© Billi London-Gray